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Chan, J K W, Tam, C M and Cheung, R (2005) Monitoring financial health of contractors at the aftermath of the Asian economic turmoil: a case study in Hong Kong. Construction Management and Economics, 23(05), 451-8.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Contractors; financial health; monitoring; case study; Hong Kong
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/0144619042000190207
  • Abstract:

    The whole construction industry (contractors, consultants and suppliers) is suffering from business shrinking under the prevailing deflationary economy in Hong Kong. Local contractors are facing tremendous financial problems. The financial situation of a typical local contractor has been analysed for the years since 1997 – the Asian Economic Crisis. By using the financial ratios together with one of Altman’s distress models, it is possible to monitor and assess the financial health of contractors. Based on the results of the case study, the financial health of the contractor under study is found satisfactory. In addition to this quantitative analysis, it is advisable for local contractors to conduct a strategic review for their construction industry and their business environment so as to improve their financial performance in both the near future and longer term.